— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
„We are the authorities on getting people off drugs. We are the authorities on the mind. We are the authorities on improving conditions.“
— Tom Cruise American actor and film producer 1962
Context: We are the authorities on getting people off drugs. We are the authorities on the mind. We are the authorities on improving conditions. Criminon (sic). We can rehabilitate criminals. We can bring peace and unite cultures.
— René Char 20th-century French poet 1907 - 1988
Message as a member of the French resistance, to his superiors in London, insisting that certain codewords "The library is on fire" be changed after a disastrous parachute drop which set a forest on fire and alerted the Gestapo to the location of his group of Maquis fighters, as quoted in René Char : This Smoke That Carried Us : Selected Poems (2004) edited by Susanne Dubroff
„Authority must be utilized by government to attain certain noble objective but this authority must be circumscribed.“
— Ferdinand Marcos former President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986 1917 - 1989
in an interview with William F. Buckley Jr. , November 17, 1977
— John Coleridge, 1st Baron Coleridge British lawyer, judge and Liberal politician 1820 - 1894
Queen v. Sowerby (1894), L. R. 2 Q. B. D. , p. 175.
— Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message
„Few authors understand themselves, and a proper reader must not only understand his author but also be able to see beyond him.“
— Johann Georg Hamann German philosopher 1730 - 1788
Briefwechsel, ed. Arthur Henkel (1955-1975), vol. VI, p. 22.
— Robert A. Heinlein American science fiction author 1907 - 1988
— Gerald Massey British poet 1828 - 1907
A Retort, from Gerald Massey's Lectures c.1900; often cited as They must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as truth, rather than truth as authority. Based on a quote of Lucretia Mott, "… my convictions led me to adhere to the sufficiency of the light within us, resting on truth as authority, rather than “taking authority for truth.”", quoted in " Eminent women of the age http://books.google.de/books?id=gGFEDpWYWpwC&pg=PA375" By James Parton et. al., (S.M. Betts & Company, 1868, p375).
„It is not what the man of science believes that distinguishes him, but how and why he believes it. His beliefs are tentative, not dogmatic; they are based on evidence, not on authority or intuition.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
— Antonio Negri Italian sociologist 1933
„... there is only one authority... that is the authority which truth itself possesses when it is perceived to be true by the individual concerned... the alternative procedure, the delegation to external authority, must itself follow an individual’s subjective decision.“
— Leslie Weatherhead English theologian 1893 - 1976
p.49, [ellipsis added]
„Arguments from authority carry little weight – authorities have made mistakes in the past. They will do so again in the future. Perhaps a better way to say it is that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts.“
— Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
„Note the men’s fear that if they reported this to the authorities, not only would they not be believed, they would be ridiculed.“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943